Cool Spot, the recording company with which ailing gospel star Oleseng Shuping is signed, has asked his backing vocalists to contribute to his hospital fees.
The company asked them to support Shuping by volunteering to donate their royalties to pay his mounting hospital bills.
Cool Spot's managing director, Ken Haycock, confirmed that the company had asked for contributions from the group - but in vain.
Haycock said the company had paid the group an advance on their royalties last week.
It emerged last week that the group had approached another gospel singer, Solly Moholo, to record with them because their coffers had dried up.
Moholo said: "Shuping's backing vocalists raised their problems with me and also told me that Cool Spot had asked for their support. The singers were worried that they were going to face a bleak Christmas because of non-payment and non- performance since Oleseng was hospitalised.
"I'm trying to organise a show with them. Oleseng is my friend and there is no way I can let him down. I will try to assist."
"Yes, it is true we are not generating enough money at the moment. The company did approach us to contribute our earnings but we are struggling to survive," said Mpho Kgomosotho, a member Shuping's backing group.
The group's latest CD, Dithoriso, has reached gold status.
The gospel star was involved in a car accident six months ago. Shuping's backing group, The African Gospel Singers, comprises Kgomosotho, Eustace Mathabe, Jacob Mahlangu, Simon Mahlangu and Kenneth Maluleke.